Last Updated: September 16th, 2020 at 6:18 pm
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North Carolina Average Solar Energy Production
When North Carolina homeowners consider investing in a solar panel system, they first want to know how much money it can save them. After all, there’s no sense in switching to something unless it helps your bottom line.
But after that, one of the secondary questions they ask is how much solar energy can be produced in a day by the solar system.
The answer can differ based on a number of factors, including the time of year, the size of your system and the amount of direct sunlight. POWERHOME SOLAR takes each of those one by one in explaining them.
Solar System Factors
1. Seasonality. In the most general terms, days are longer in the summer and shorter in winter, meaning your panels have additional time in the summer to capture daylight. How much longer are we talking about?
Using Raleigh, North Carolina, as an example, there were 14 hours and 35 minutes of daylight on the 2018 summer solstice (June 21), and there will be 9 hours and 44 minutes of daylight on the 2018 winter solstice (Dec. 21). So in the heart of the Tar Heel State, the longest day of the summer provides nearly 5 more hours of daylight to generate solar power compared to the shortest day of winter! That’s why you’ll be much more likely to see net metering credits on your electric bill during the summer months, whereas in the winter you may use more energy than you produce because of the daylight reduction.
2. Size of your system. Put simply, the more panels you have, the more sunlight they can capture and the more energy you can produce. In looking at 12 months of your power usage, we’re able to estimate how many panels you need to offset the amount of total electricity you’re seeking.
3. Amount of direct sunlight. Not all daylight is created equal. Direct sunlight on clear days will always provide the most energy production from your solar panels, while rain and clouds inhibit it. Shading on your property also can inhibit production, even on those cloudless days.
Your total energy production can be tracked online, as POWERHOME links your system’s inverter to nearby cell phone towers, which allows your solar system’s data to be accessible via a smartphone app or computer. So it won’t be a nebulous mystery to learn what your panels produce in a day, week or month. And it’s especially helpful to have should something go amiss with your system. POWERHOME SOLAR sees the same information that you do, and can help diagnose a problem.
Are you ready to start owning your power, instead of simply renting it month after month from your utility company? With our innovative solar program, North Carolina homeowners can go solar for $0 up-front cost, save money on their electric bills, and generate their own clean energy. The solar panels installed on your home are American-made and come with a 25-year warranty, with many panels expected to last well beyond that.
Please feel free to fill out the handy form below or contact POWERHOME SOLAR at 800-765-2715, and one of our solar representatives will help you determine whether your home qualifies for this solar program.